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You’re not putting your fangs into this one!

1 Oct

You're not putting your fangs into this one!

Cats can be quite destructive if you let them do their own thing. My copy of the War comic is not going to be yet another cat toy. This one is for the human.

Go to markrudolph.com to order your copy of War.

Now I only have to find an appropriate frame for that nice inked drawing. Preferably one that can withstand grubby little cat paws.

I also did an “unveiling of” photo shoot.

The envelopBack of the envelopsealed frontsealed backincluded artworkFront of comic bookBack of comic bookYou're not putting your fangs into this one!

That is all.

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The art of destruction

1 Oct

Before you can build something, you have to clear away some of the existing stuff.

Mark Rudolph, part 7

For instance, poses. Poses are ways to position the body and rearrange extremities into a meaningful configuration. In short, it is a kind of sign language, separate from spoken or even written language.

Just as beginning artists have preconceptions about the world and draw what they know instead of what they see, drawing stock poses, based on popular art is a guarantee for dead art. Let different people do the same strong pose, and see how they slightly differ from each other. Different people do the same thing differently. So should your characters.

You can’t assume that once you’ve understood a certain pose, you can just put that same pose on every character. It has to fit the configuration (the build, physique) and the personality (how they behave) of that particular character.

To construct you have to deconstruct first, unlearn some of what you have learned.

That is all.

Mark Rudolph (part 2b)

1 Oct

Just some random doodle I made.

Mark Rudolph, part 6

I guess if you’re obsessed enough with a subject you can draw it without reference. It becomes almost iconic. In fact, I think it IS iconic. This mental picture of a subject seems important if you want to change it into something else, like a Samurai fighter, a barbarian, and yes, even a dog.

I also think passion and obsession is the only way to draw art that people want to watch. It has to speak from the heart or be silent. There seems to be nothing in between. That is very Yoda of me to claim: “Do or do not. There is no try.”

Where would we be without Star Wars?

That is all.

We love the Art and Story Podcast

1 Oct

Some fan art for one of my favorite podcasts.

We love the Art and Story podcast

I think the Art & Story podcast is the best podcast for people who want to make their own comics. Hosts Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph are two professional published comic book creators, who also self-publish. Jerzy is very energized, while Mark is more laid back. This contrast in character is very entertaining, while you actually learn something from the conversation between these two experienced artists. That is probably because both Mark and Jerzy teach comics in schools and community centers, so they know how to bring it to people who are new to comics creation. They teach you how to tell stories using images and text. The subjects may be comic nerdy at times, but it is never boring. Occasionally, Mark and Jerzy have a studio guest or a guest on Skype, someone who knows more about comics or related subjects than the hosts.

Because this podcast isn’t about the latest news in mainstream comics, the episodes have a much longer shell life than your average podcast about comics. You really should go back into the archives, or if you want to know something particular, use the search function on the website. It is very likely the subject has been discussed in one of the earlier episodes. And if not, feel free to contact Jerzy or Mark. See the website for contact details.

That is all.